Dec 1, 2010

More federal dollars on the way for the Bruce Highway

More federal dollars on the way for the Bruce Highway

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 1 2010

Truck drivers and the thousands of other users of the Bruce Highway will soon have more safe places to pull over and take a break following the approval of Federal funding to build new and upgrade existing rest areas.

As part the Gillard Labor Government’s Bruce Highway Safety Package (Round Two) we are addressing the lack of safe, modern roadside facilities along this critical section of the national road network used daily by more than 170,000 motorists and truck drivers.

This $25 million instalment will build some 25 new rest areas and stopping places, upgrade a significant number of existing rest areas and lay audible edge line markings. Together these measures will help make the road safer.

Construction work will commence soon at priority locations, with the new rest areas to be progressively opened over the next two to three years.

The locations were chosen to maximise safety outcomes and followed detailed strategic planning and assessment by Queensland Main Roads.

The Bruce Highway Safety Package is just one part of the $2.6 billion the Gillard Labor Government is investing to modernise key sections of the Bruce Highway – more than twice what our predecessors spent over a similar period of time.

Major upgrades already underway on the Bruce Highway include:

  • Duplication of a 12 kilometre section between Cooroy and Curra;
  • Upgrade of the southern approaches to Mackay; and
  • Realignment and upgrade of the section through the Cardwell Range.

Further funding allocations from the Bruce Highway Safety Package will be announced during the course of 2011.